Robonaut 2 is being prepared for its history making launch to the International Space Station on STS-133. The robot, known as R2, will be the first humanoid machine to work in orbit. With an upper torso, long arms and a suite of cameras and sensors, Robonaut 2 is programmed to help astronauts living on the space station by performing repetitive tasks. It's hands and fingers are able to operate buttons and switches found inside the space station. R2 is a great leap forward for robotic technology that is not lost on the creators and actors that gave movie audiences the fictional worlds of "Star Wars" that saw droids and humans working-side-by-side.
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